American Beauty | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with granola & All American hops. 55 IBU

Collaboration with the Grateful Dead.

Added by slvrmon82 on 10-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,190
Reviews:
175
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.62%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
310
For Trade:
6
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Reviews by BeerandWhiskeyHQ:
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a medium sized, light tan head, clear amber color

S: caramel and light malt, smells sweet with a slight citrus/orange/lemon scent

T: honey and a little bit of malt a slight alcohol taste at the end

O: unfortunately I was expecting much more after trying some of their other “specialty” beers. I think it is a cool idea, but something from their ancient ales line or Bitch’s brew, Palo Santo Marron ect would be a better choice. I wasn’t upset that I bought it, I still enjoyed it but I won’t be spending that kind of money on this beer again.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep orange body with a quick carb. There is a sticky thick beige head that last a good bit.

S- A flinty granola and oat aroma leads to some pine hops blended with citrus skins that have a perfumed quality to them and some silage aroma that comes through as it warms.

T- Full resin hops with a musty character to it and some granola flavor comes through as it opens. There is a green cinnamon hop spice that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- The light mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth in the finish that helps cut the soft sweetness.

O- This is a nice drinking complex Imperial Pale Ale. Good malt character with full hops that have nice depth and the alcohol and sweetness are softer than the hops but support each other.

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Photo of do_ob
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip. Vibrant copper in appearance with tons of carbonation. 2 fingers of sticky, white foam rests on top. Florals, toasted malt, and sweet granola on the nose. Medium weight and very creamy on the mouthfeel. Sweet, toasty almonds, granola, and a light hoppy bitterness up front on the taste. As it warms on the palate, these flavors expand and evolve, each becoming more pronounced. An increased bitterness comes forward on the back end with a hint of alcohol on the finish. Strong notes of granola and hops on the aftertaste.

After seeing this one on the shelf the last couple times I went to the store, I decided to grab a bottle and give it a try. At the price point, not sure I'd have pulled the trigger if it was anyone besides DFH (or someone like SN, Stone, etc.). But I figured these guys have been at it long enough to know what they're doing, and guess what? This beer is damn tasty. Great complexity, and a great balance of flavors. I've never had a beer - at least that I'm aware of - brewed with granola and almonds, but it's delicious. Like a boozy, bitter liquid granola bar.

Ok, looking back, that doesn't sound all that appealing, but trust me. This one is good.

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Photo of parson44
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I aged this for three years, and found that it had a completely different profile. The look had medium color to it compared to its dark color in 2014. The aroma has a somewhat root beer hint to it. The body was medium, and the taste had the same granola flavor, but a little smokier. For a 9% this beer has aged well, and produced more of the pale ale tannins then what was intended for it. If you still have a bottle, I would wait for another two years to see how it goes, but at age 3 it is a delicious sipping beer and reminds me of straub lager.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
Capped

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a small creamy off-white head, which leaves a pretty big island in the middle of the glass, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is sweet, malty, with some hop notes. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, with some malt notes. Medium body, with a nice little bitter/dry finish. The ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, not your typical DIPA, but a very very tasty brew for what it is. Then again on the label it sez Imperial Pale Ale. Recommended!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color with a thin fizzy head that trails the glass. The smell has a bit of toasted malt from the granola as well as a decent amount of citrus from the hops. The taste was very bright with hops being the focal point with the granola coming through in bits and pieces. Very well balanced and hides the heavy alcohol content well. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of Kendo
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11-14-14; consumed on 1-9-15, making this one about 7 weeks old.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear coppery-orange with a thin off-white film of head on top. Nice, bright look to this.

S: A faint mustiness detracts from the overall impression. I get tropical fruits over sweetish malt.

T: Tropical fruity hops (mango and pineapple) up front, then after the swallow I get a balance of caramel malt and hops, with a touch of lemon showing up along with the tropical fruit. Lingering spiciness too, plus heat from the ABV felt on the way down.

M: Medium to full in heft with moderate carbonation.

O: Good. Nothing phenomenal, however. A bit sweeter than I like my DIPAs to be. Too heavy overall to be drinking till the morning comes.

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Photo of UncleEmu
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Dogfish Head American Beauty "Strong Ale"
serving type: goblet, tap at Farmer's Union San Jose, CA (Jan 2015)

A: Deep red with lots of brown. Lots of cream colored head.

S: A decent amount of malt and some alcohol sting. Quite poor.

T: A nice range of malt flavors are present, but that's about it. Some dried fruit, a bit of grapes, and honestly it is really light. Taste's like a 5% ABV, not 9.

M: Medium light, great carbonation.

O: A huge disappointment. After reading some other reviews, I'm worried that the server gave me the wrong the beer. Farmer's Union has over 50 taps, and our server described Sculpin IPA as "like Budweiser, but better."

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a deep rich golden with a large blooming white head that really takes it's time settling slowly into a frothy mass,great carbonation.Aromas are lighter with some citric hops and nutty notes.To me this is DIPA all the way on the palate minus residual sweetness,caramel and nutty malts run into dry resiny hops with some more sweetness in a lingering finish.Not bad,not overly sweet just amp up the hops a little and this would be great in my opinion.I like this beer alot more than the Dead.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of warnerry
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Chlsyhawkins
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Kendog65
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a soft, subdued pale straw yellow. A two-finger head of dense, eggshell-white foam sets up immediately and then takes its sweet time slowly collasping, leaving a generous ring of lace around the sides of the glass. After awhile, the surface is left with a large circle of loose, sudsy bubbles and a very fine sheen over the rest. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a soft, muted sunset orange and somewhat cloudy, with a broad column of bubbles rising from the bottom center of the glass.

S - Gently toasted wheat crackers, oatmeal, and dry roasted nuts. Richer toasted malts in the background along with hints of caramel sugars and honey. Floral and herbal hop notes sit atop a faint trace of the ABV at the top of the glass. Overall, the nose is rich and is what communicates the imperial strength of the beer.

T - Toasted light whole grains touched by honey/light caramel sugars immediately balanced by herbal bittering hops. Individual taste components are nuanced, and make the labeling as an imperial pale ale rather than an IPA quite appropriate. The ABV is very well hidden - this glass is not the least bit hot - but the residual sugars in the profile suggest its there. As a bonus, they match the toasted malts exceptionally well. Finish offers echos of a honey-nut granola bar surrounded by light herbal hops - it's a great effect that encourages additional tasting. At times, it even drifted toward peanut butter. Big props to executing the original concept very well.

M - Rather fizzy, with good, pronounced carbination. A bit fuller body than expected, and components complement each other without being tightly integrated. Nice structure across the taste profile, offering each its own moment at the mic. Finish is moderately dry, but provides a sweet spot on the back of the tongue to savor.

O - A delicious creation that captures the spirit of those crunchy granola tripsters who worship The Dead. Give the finish some time to settle on the tongue and you'll swear you just ate a Clif Bar. Judged solely as a beer, I can see how some would want a stronger hops profile in order to better clean the sugars, but doing so would turn this into an IIPA, and would drown the taste the recipe has successfully achieved. Because of that, I recommend tasting this alone rather than attempting to pair it with food.

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American Beauty from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,190 ratings.
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